The Birmingham Citadel Band (Bandmaster Gavin Lamplough) was delighted to be back at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, for the British Open band contest on 6 September 2014. The band, as in previous years, provided a one-hour concert in the concourse as thousands gathered for this special day in the banding calendar. This is an opportunity that the band enjoys and counts a privilege.
Despite an early start because of the long test piece which was to be played by the twenty competing bands, there seemed to be more people than ever milling around the Symphony Hall concourse as the Birmingham Citadel Band started their hour-long program. It was also good for the band to see so many Salvationist musicians among the crowd who offered their support and encouragement.
The band featured soloists Mark Sharman (trombone), Neil Blessett (tenor horn) and David Taylor (euphonium), who all delighted the knowledgeable audience. Each year the band is well-received and there were many positive comments once again regarding the performance and the repertoire. A blend of light entertaining music combined with much-loved classic Salvation Army literature was thoroughly appreciated by those gathered.
The following day, as per tradition, the band lead the morning worship at Birmingham Citadel and the members were delighted to see many visitors who had come to Birmingham for the contest. The meeting was led by Band Sergeant Ian Kershaw, who featured three of the band’s soloists in three segments: Sitting with God, Standing with God, and Walking with God.
The Saturday program included the following items:
- Vox Dilecti (Kenneth Downie
- Praise Him! (Stephen Bulla)
- Blessed Assurance (William Himes), Mark Sharman, trombone soloist
- Faith Is the Victory (Sam Creamer)
- You Love Me (Paul Sharman), Neil Blessett, tenor horn soloist
- High and Lifted Up (Steven Ponsford)
- The Light of the World (Dean Goffin)
- Air ’n Variations (Stephen Bulla), David Taylor, euphonium soloist
- Let Everything Praise! (Martin Cordner)
- Everlasting Hope (Paul Sharman)
- In the Firing Line (Bramwell Coles)